"#114 Sierra Leone take three steps backwards in Fifa ranking"

#114 Sierra Leone take three steps backwards in Fifa ranking

By Prince Armani Scott – follow the writer @PrinceArmaniSc2

Sierra Leone's current men's ranking in photo

Sierra Leone’s current men’s ranking in photo

Sierra Leone have moved further down to 114th position from 111th in the latest FIFA global rankings announced on Thursday 20 September.

The national men’s soccer side suffered a 1 nil defeat in Ethiopia on September 9 at the Hawassa Stadium in the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier.

Prior to the Ethiopia defeat, they played to a goalless draw against the Lone Star of Liberia in an International friendly in Monrovia in July.

However, Sierra Leone’s opponents in the race to Cameroon 2019, Ghana down six places to 51st and Kenya, who are the biggest movers now sit 107 after earning 1204 points.

The Harambee Stars victory over the Black Stars in the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier, see them moved five places up.

In Africa, Leone Stars is the 28th best team with Tunisia leading the pecking order.

Sierra Leone highest ever rankings came in August 2014, when they were ranked 50th globally.

Meanwhile, Belgium joined the top of the Fifa world rankings alongside World Cup winners France – the first time two teams have shared the top spot.

The only other change in the top 10 sees Denmark drop below Spain into 10th place.

Germany, who fell from first to 15th place in August after their group stage exit from the World Cup, have moved up to 12th.

The rankings were introduced in December 1992.

Belgium beat Iceland in the Nations League and Scotland in a friendly earlier this month, while France beat the Netherlands, but drew 0-0 with Germany in the Nations League.

Global top Ten
1. Belgium 1. France 3. Brazil 4.Croatia 5. Uruguay 6. England
7. Portugal 8.Switzerland 9. Spain 10. Denmark

Africa’s Top Ten
Tunisia (23) Senegal (25) DR Congo (40) Morocco (45) Nigeria (48) Cameroon (50) Ghana (51) Burkina Faso (56) Mali (63) Egypt (64)

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